Park Ranger Programs

Each year the C&O Canal National Historical Park offers a variety of park ranger programs and visitor activities throughout the park. Please review the following information for a summary of activities and programs by park location.

Great Falls Tavern Visitor Center

Contact the visitor center for additional information on park ranger programs.
  • Meet the Mules

    Meet the hardworking mules that help operate boat demonstrations. Offered spring, summer, and fall months only. Meet the multes and learn about the role they played in the daily operations along the Canal. The program takes place near the Tavern, but contact the Visitor Center for an exact location.

  • Walking Tours

    Join park rangers for a walking tour of the Great Falls area, including Olmstead Island, and learn about the history and natural environment of this special place. Participants should bring water to drink and wear comfortable shoes.

  • Lock Demonstrations

    See how canal boats were lifted and lowered through locks along the canal. Join a Park Ranger for a demonstration of a manually operated 19th century lift lock. Participation is encouraged! Demonstrations take place outside of the Tavern and last 20-30 minutes.
  • Rileys Lockhouse Tours

    Explore the life of a lock-keeper with a guided tour of one of the C&O Canal's original lockhouses. Open most weekends in the spring and fall. More information contact the program coordinator 301-384-8584.

Williamsport Visitor Center

Contact the visitor center for additional information on park ranger programs.

  • Boat Programs

    Learn about life on the canal with park rangers and take a ride in a launch boat through a watered aqueduct.

  • Lockhouse 44 Tours

    Explore what life in the 1920s would have been like.


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Last updated: April 14, 2022

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Williamsport, MD 21795



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